The Ruger LCR should take away the award for 2009. It is the first polymer revolver on the market, so because of that innovation, the Ruger company deserves some kudos for their work.
Ruger has set the standard when it comes to QC of the LCR, also. The setup of the work space where these revolvers are created is done in a "pod" type fashion. The raw material goes in, and later a finished LCR comes out. This process is avoiding the problems that come about when too many hands are on the product during manufacturing.